11:08 Wednesday 28 May 2014

Octagon Cycling Club members raise whopping £4,000 for Ely charities

Written byJORDAN DAY

Intrepid cyclists have used their pedal power to raise a whopping £4,000 for charity.

A team of 14 members of Octagon Cycling Club in Ely battled steep hills and torrential rain to complete a gruelling 300-mile bike ride.

Their aim was to raise at least £2,000 for Ely Foodbank but thanks to generous family, friends and local businesses, the group have smashed that target and will not only be donating £2,000 to the foodbank but also a further £2,000 to other local charities.

The two-day challenge saw the team cycling from Anglesey to Ely over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “They covered 300 miles in two days for Ely charities (some did more because they got a bit lost!).

“After a very sunny, early morning start in Anglesey, they cycled through torrential rain and arrived in Worcester four hours behind schedule.

“The terrain was so challenging that it proved too much for the support van which broke down just seven miles out of Worcester where day one was due to end.

“But Andy Moss of Horizon Marketing, who loaned us the van, drove another one out to us overnight and joined the boys on his bike for the 150 miles back into Ely.

“They climbed a total of 16,000ft (the equivalent of cycling up Ben Nevis three times) and burned on average 8,000 calories each per day.

“Day two saw everyone back on schedule, albeit through more torrential rain, and they even managed a sprint finish. The group of family, friends and supporters waiting at the canon in Ely Cathedral’s grounds was a welcome sight.”

The foodbank has handed out more than 35,000 meals to struggling residents in the Ely area in the last 12 months.

Ely Foodbank, which was set up in November 2012, says that demand for food in the Ely area alone is now exceeding supply at roughly the rate of one tonne of food - per month.

To sponsor the ride, visit https://localgiving.com/octagon-twin-isles-ride.

For more information about the club, go to www.octagoncycling.co.uk.

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